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Cars in Alaska - which one is best?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:42 pm
by tkinder07
I know the climate in Alaska varies greatly from one area to the next. However, in general do most people drive AWD or 4WD vehicles?

I have a Kia Soul. If we move there next spring, should I try to trade it in on a Subaru or similar SUV before we get there? How do car prices compare to the lower 48?

Re: Cars in Alaska - which one is best?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:18 am
by Johncn

Many Alaskans swear by Subaru cars...and they are very popular. I do recommend four wheel drive or all wheel drive regardless of brand or style preference. With studded snow tires once the snow starts. ;-) If you live someplace now that is easy on cars (no road salt, desert climate, etc.), and have the resources to do so, you may be able to save money by buying in the Lower 48 and driving up. I only bought one car while living in Alaska, and used a car buying service, then picked it up in the Lower 48 myself that summer rather than paying to have it shipped.